The New York Giants lost their star pass receiver, Victor Cruz, during Week 6’s matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles as he tore his patella tendon. However, the Giants are not the only team that will have to adjust their lineup after an injury. The Miami Dolphins have placed their running back, Knowshon Moreno, on the Injured Reserve list. It has been confirmed that Moreno tore his ACL in his left knee and will be out for the remainder of the season.
Moreno suffered from a past ACL tear in 2011, but has not had the best luck with injury this season either. He underwent surgery in the same left knee this past offseason and was forced to miss a big portion of Dolphins training camp. In his return, Moreno played a huge part in the Dolphins season opening win against the New England Patriots. He led Week 1 with rushing for the most yardage at 134 yards. The Dolphins won that game with a score of 33-20. Despite this win, Moreno then eventually suffered from a dislocated elbow and was forced to miss two games. His comeback consisted of rushing for only 10 yards with six carries during this past Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. One of those carries took place in the second half for only five yards. Moreno was also stopped at the 1-yard line as the Packers defense prevented the running back from scoring a touchdown on fourth down.
The Packers (4-2) ended up beating the Dolphins (2-3) in the final seconds with a score of 27-24 at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. Green Bay quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Quarless with three seconds left in the game. Aaron Rodgers finished with being 24 of 42 with 264 yards. Miami’s quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, was more consistent with throwing 30 of 31 but only finished with 244 yards.
Knowshon Moreno, former running back for the Denver Broncos, signed a $3.275 million one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins this past March. The Dolphins had trouble running the ball with their previous starter, Lamar Miller, and Moreno was projected to do well with the Dolphins as he has in the past with the Broncos. Last year, he played an advantageous part in the Broncos offense. Moreno started 15 out of 16 games, scored ten touchdowns and rushed for a total of 1,038 yards. However, he has only played in three games this season, and for the most part, has been quiet as a Dolphin despite what was expected.
Following the loss, the Dolphins will have to rework their lineup in order to find success running the ball. Running back Lamar Miller has had a better season after having an ordinary season last year. Miller currently has a total of three touchdowns, 63 carries and 330 rushing yards. Miller is sure to see an increase in play time following the loss of Moreno. In addition to this offensive adjustment, the Dolphins defense will have to make their own adjustments as well. It has been reported that defensive lineman, Derrick Shelby, has been reinstated after his recent suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. Shelby was also arrested outside of a Fort Lauderdale nightclub last week. With Moreno on the sidelines, hoping to have more consistency with Miller, and with the addition of Shelby onto the defensive line, the Dolphins will have to face Jay Cutler and the Bears (3-3) in Chicago this Sunday for Week 7.
Commentary by Tricia Manalansan